Yes, that's Jake all ready for bed. He actually tried sleeping with that helmet on one night!
This is Grant's second cake (minus the large cookie we took in to school today. Sorry for the poor quality pic. Eric took this off his iPhone. Plus, Ally and I have our "gross" faces on watching Grant spray the cake when blowing the candle out!
Eric came home a little early to take Grant to the batting cages just the two of them. Then they enjoyed his free birthday water ice. But we went overboard on the birthday cakes this year. Is that even possible?
I read Plugged In's review of Soul Surfer and knew I wanted to take Allyson. It is rare that there is a movie that's decent for kids. Top that off with having a real role model for tween age girls, and I'm in! Do you remember Bethany Hamilton, the young surfer girl who lost her arm to a shark? Yup, that's the girl the movie was about. She held strong to her faith and wasn't shy about showing it in the interviews she had after the accident. BTW, she was a homeschooler too.....that's cool, just sayin'.
We took Allyson and her friend to see it on Friday. (Thanks mom for watching the boys!) The girls loved it too. So, if my opinion counts for anything, take your girls to see this! Two thumbs up!
I came downstairs this morning to find Jake dressed for school and eating a waffle while grinning from ear to ear. Why was he so happy? Well, he made his own waffle, cut it with the rocking T knife, poured the syrup AND put it back away, and was chowing down. Yes, he's definitely a keeper! He proudly said, "See, mom, I TOLD you I was big now that I turned five!". Now, if he could only make me a waffle and deliver it upstairs to me!
Now that he's five, he also reminds me daily that he can now lift the house up with one finger as well as the table, the frig, the chair....... Evidently, turning five increases muscle strength. He certainly doesn't have self-esteem and self-doubt issues!
His other big accomplishment? He read the words: BIG, BAT, BUT (that one was particularly funny), and HAT. O Yeah! Can I get a whoop whoop!??? He doesn't have all of the alphabet letters down yet, but was doing very well with putting blends together with the letters he knows. He picked it up very, very quickly. (No video or pics because, well, because I didn't)
By the way, what it is with boys? Eric came home with baseball equipment for Grant including a "cup"...not the drinking kind either. The new gloves, new mitt, new bat -- all of these were exciting to him. The most exciting was the cup. Seriously. Such.A.Guy.